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Artichokes are oversize thistles, large perennial plants that wouldn’t look bad in a large flower garden. The silvery grey leaves are quite noticeable even without flowers. The flowers are spectacular, and of course best of all, you can eat them.


Pic1+2: artichoke flowers

The artichoke you buy in the store is the budding flower. Too bad you can’t have the flowers and eat them too. Once the flowers open, you can’t eat them anymore, or at least so I have been told.

a. steaming / boiling artichokes

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Artichokes can be eaten raw, but I always cook them.


This is what you need for each serving:

  • 1-2 artichokes
  • S&P
  • your favorite sauce
Pic3: artichoke hearts


Pic4: cut stems
Pic5: cut tops
Pic6: steam ...


Pic7: ... or boil
Pic8: all done
Pic9: chew the base of the leaves


Pic10: not very palatable
Pic11: inedible choke, remove center hairs or you'll choke on them
Pic12: the real prize = artichoke heart

b. a different presentation

The pictures tell the story.



Pic13: steam with the stem
Pic14: cut lengthwise
Pic15: remove center leaves and choke, rinse


Pic16: the stems are the same as the artichoke bottom
Pic17+18: served with mayo and spinach dip

For something a bit more substantial: